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Grand Theft Auto IV review
by AutoDMC

Grand Theft Auto 4 is a beautiful game in it's own right;  Liberty City is grimy and crime ridden.  You live in the bottom rungs of society, ignored by the upper crust except when your criminal services come in handy... you find yourself trapped in a loop of crime that seems inescapable.

Unfortunately, the game is hindered by the game engine and it's 2008 gaming philosophy.  The cars are floaty like you're driving underwater and the game camera is very low to the ground... combine that with the claustrophobic streets of Liberty City and there's few times you get to just open up the throttles and enjoy the drive.

The combat is also awkward and very obviously dated.

But the worst part:  Failing a mission is BRUTAL.  They take your guns and money, then they set you far away from the mission start.  "Replaying" a mission means spending time rebuying all your stuff with depleted funds and driving across the entire city to hit triggers just to try again.

All in all, it's got a great and engaging story mired by an old gaming philosophy. Back in 2008 when I might have bought one game every few months this grind would have been normal. Nowadays I've got hundreds of games at my fingertips. I like difficult challenges, but I don't like my time wasted.
«Waste of time»

Other reviews21

«Blew my mind»
Pretty good. Graphics were top notch for its time, the story is actually engaging and missions are quite fun
nice game!!

«Better with friends»
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
i was only a child when i played this so i did not shit myself because i was freshly potty trained. However, i gurantee if i or you played through this masterpiece again we'd both shit ourselves. 10/10
I was 14 when this game came out, so i was the exact target audience.  And they definitely hit the target.  Great soundtrack, truly impressive scope (for the time, not at all now), and some great writing for a video game.
Niko Bellic and his cousin Roman, GTA IV is a true masterpiece, great story, graphics, controls, everything but one thing... the PC port, IT SUCKS! a 2008 game cannot be run without slow frames and braking bugs after a thousand updates since then.
9/10 - The first GTA i really finished, really great game, Niko is my favorite GTA protagonist.
«Can’t stop playing»
«Beaten more than once»
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»